Wednesday, September 13, 2006

JavaZone report, day 1, half-done

Updated with hyperlinks

Was at Bruce Johnson's talk on Google WTK. Cool stuff, Google, nuff said. Will have to try it out.

Then on to Jevgeni Kabanov's talk on Arenea. Interesting ideas, but I don't really think this is anything ready for prod. I'm an OO guy, so I can really see the use of using more OO in webapps. Might try this out next year if it's still alive.

Took a one session break.

Now in Bruce Tate's Java/Ruby integration talk. So far doing very well being diplomatic towards java (perhaps very wisely). Alotta RoR demonstration, and the ReST stuff was of course impressive. Tate is by the way one helluva talker. Sounds a bit like an American president (scaringly smoothly convincing type), but I think he's Texan, after all :)

Now I've stumbled into Ross Mason's Mule/JavaSpaces . The nickle in his shoe is handling meta-data for web services. but ESBs, or was it WSDLs, don't provide this too well.

Now normally I like to stay clear of the service layer, but I don't think I can too much longer. Will remember stuff like ReST and JavaSpaces if I ever journey into such landscapes. Quite simply. Mule seems like a bus. This I will have to try soon as well. Too many beer-talks about remoting I want in on these days!

Had a quick discussion with Rickard Öberg earlier, trying to explain him the benefits of having a standardized content repository (JSR-170). Now from his point of view, most of the requirements (migration, search and even versioning) is handled by the transport/data layer format, RDF. Why standardize beneath that (other than making it more developer standard)? Now I just had a qiock look at the spec, and there's one use case I didn't think of during discussion, and that is events.

I also talk to Alex Popescu for a tiny bit, figured me and him could gang up on Rickard. Anyhows, Rickard was gonna show him a quick SiteVision demo, and I guess that would get him rolling (heard he can pick quite a verbal fight, according to the tales of speakers' night out yesterday). Looking forward to his talk about InfoQ.

Afterwards it's onto Bjørn's talk on some ORM performance stuff. Will try to update when the beer's out.